Hung out to dry

Clark motorcade drivers 'fall guys' – National – New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz

[quote]Today a Police Complaints Authority (PCA) found police decision to charge five police officers and one civilian driver was appropriate.

The drivers were convicted after taking Miss Clark from Waimate to Christchurch airport at high speed so she could make a flight back to Wellington to make an All Blacks rugby test in July, 2004.

The convictions were later overturned.
Eventually all defendants escaped conviction.

PCA head Justice Lowell Goddard said the defendants felt that they were doing their duty but had not sought proper justification to speed.
The report said police considered whether Miss Clark and former Cabinet Minister Jim Sutton, who was also in the motorcade, should be charged.

"Police accepted independent advice, that other than the six individuals who were found to have cases to answer, there was no evidence upon which charges could be properly bought against any other person in the motorcade."[/quote]
Chester Borrows has said the drivers had been let down. Let down! more like hung out to dry.

[quote]"The judge found that they had no briefing from their superior, no indication as to how they were supposed to drive, no guidance from their commanding officer and there was no policy or protocol that applied to this type of situation," he said.

Mr Borrows said the drivers did what they were told and were "hung out to dry" by superiors, the system and the Prime Minister.

"Her continued refusal to take any sort of responsibility for what happened does her no credit at all."

"She has yet to explain why she didn't just ask them to slow down – she was in charge of that motorcade and they would have slowed down if she had asked them to."[/quote]

She won't, she didn't notice that they were going that fast did she.?….yeah right….I seem to remember we lost that game too, another victim of the Clark Curse.

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